November 6, 2018
Vincent G. Bradley
Chairman New York State Liquor Authority, Licensing Issuance Division
317 Lenox Avenue New York, New York 10027
Dear Chairman Bradley:
NFIB, New York’s leading small business advocacy organization, has concerns about a pending application by Total Wine & More to operate a second package store in Hartsdale, N.Y. NFIB represents more than 10,000 small, independently-owned businesses, including liquor and package stores, across New York State.
Existing package stores are small, locally-owned main street businesses that help drive local economies across New York State and proudly serve their communities. Yet, the livelihoods of these businesses are at stake because certain retailers seek to manipulate New York’s liquor license system. New York State created a system where an individual/partnership can only have one license to operate a package store, a system that hundreds of independents comply with every day. Any retailer or chain’s intention to operate a second store within New York’s borders violates the system’s rules, works against the spirit of the law, and puts independently-owned businesses at a severe competitive disadvantage.
The intent of the state’s liquor laws is to allow independents to continue to operate their main street small businesses, and not fall victim to efforts by big box stores to thwart the system and monopolize the industry.
NFIB respectfully asks for your consideration of these concerns and that you listen to the voices of small, independent business owners during your deliberation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (518) 434-1262.
Greg Biryla NY State Director – NFIB